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Month: November 2012 (page 1 of 4)

What Did We Learn? →

I spent a great month writing about Burn After Reading.  I’ve been a dogged supporter of it since its release — people seem to write it off as a frivolous Coen Bros. film, but that sells it far too short.  Above, you can read a great piece at Slate connecting it to the recent David Petraeus scandal.  Sam Adams writes:

Perhaps the hardest lesson of Burn After Reading—one that drives most moviegoers away, but appeals to those who watch history repeat itself in stunned circles day after day—is that we’re not bettered by our errors, that we stubbornly and stupidly insist on repeating them and will until the day we cease to exist.

Ducking Google →

Inspired by this Washington Post story, I’ve been trying to use DuckDuckGo more often.  The change — when I remember to follow through on it — has not disrupted me.  At this point, it’s simply a matter of breaking a years-old habit.

Greetings from the Overlook Hotel →

I love The Shining, I love this pattern, I love that my birthday is next week.

Allow Me To Re-Introduce Myself →

The John Stewart remasters The Grey Album.

Eating Our Paper →

Craig Mod has an excellent post about digital publishing, inspired in part by Marco Arment’s new iOS-exclusive publication The Magazine.  He writes:

In product design, the simplest thought exercise is to make additions. It’s the easiest way to make an Old Thing feel like a New Thing. The more difficult exercise is to reconsider the product in the context of now. A now which may be very different from the then in which the product was originally conceived.

20th Century Crime →

My Writers House pal Pepi Ginsberg has a new band.  They’re called Companion, and if you click the link above you can check out the video for the lead track off of their self-titled debut album, to be released in February.

For The Birds →

I hope to write about Silver Linings Playbook when I return from my holiday travels.  For now, I’d recommend this piece from Grantland’s Zach Baron.  He writes:

You have to know Philly, know the Eagles to really get it, how each of these characters is simultaneously badly scarred and up for more punishment. Silver Linings Playbook is a few different movies at once, but one of those movies is about the complicated interplay between a city’s sports teams and a city’s citizens, the way that over time the two start resembling one another.

Hard Knocks: Longform →

Charles Siebert follows his nephew’s journey from college to the NFL:

With a signed contract in hand that Saturday evening, my nephew descended the stairs to the family’s finished basement to use the fax machine in his father’s music studio. The Falcons ask that their players send such contracts back before midnight. It’s the undrafted free agent’s peculiar inversion of the Cinderella tale: having to rush to ensure the right to arrive at the N.F.L.’s ball in a pumpkin.

Auto-Completion and Censorship →

Algorithms and convenience are shaping the way we search the Internet.

via The Verge

Only A Piece Of Paper →

Beck offers a preface to Song Reader, the sheet-music collection that McSweeney’s will publish this December.

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